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Barbershop (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  13 September 2002 (USA)
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A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.



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A day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. Calvin, who inherited the struggling business from his deceased father, views the shop as nothing but a burden and waste of his time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father's vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out. The barbershop is filled with characters who share their stories, jokes, trials and tribulations. In the shop we find Eddie, an old barber with strong opinions and no customers. Jimmy is a highly educated barber with a superiority complex who can't stand Isaac, the new, white barber who just wants a shot at cutting some hair. Ricky is an ex-con with two strikes against him and is desperately trying to stay straight. Terri is a hard-edged woman who can't seem to leave her two-timing boyfriend. And lastly there's Dinka, a fellow barber who is madly in love with Terri but doesn't get the time of day. Written by Uber Minion

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Everyone's gettin' lined up.


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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barbershop - Ein haarscharfes Viertel  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,627,433 (USA) (13 September 2002)


£145,741 (UK) (14 March 2003)

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Shortly after the film's theatrical release in late September 2002, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton protested over some of the statements made by Cedric the Entertainer's character Eddie about African-American historical figures Rosa Parks ("Rosa Parks ain't do nuthin' but sit her Black ass down; there was a whole lotta other people that sat down on the bus, and they did it way before Rosa did!"), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ("Martin Luther King was a ho [whore]!"), and Jackson himself ("Fuck Jesse Jackson"). Jackson and Sharpton pressured MGM to edit these scenes out of the film before its DVD release in January 2003; the film was released with the "controversial" scenes intact. See more »


When Calvin is driving Ricky, after Ricky throws the gun in the river, he makes a left turn. His hands move and the background scenery changes accordingly, but he only slides his hand over the steering wheel, which stays still. See more »


Dinka: I'm big-boned, Rick! Hefty! Rotund! There's too much of myself to go around!
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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »


Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Co. / Curtom Classics Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A low-key comedy-drama worth checking out.
26 January 2003 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a pretty decent flick. I laughed out loud at least twice, which is OK, because this film is not really supposed to be hilarious, just sardonic, mostly. Cedric the Entertainer was good, but not truly believable as an elderly man. Ice Cube turned in a quite good performance. In some of his previous films, I had thought he was pretty good, but rather one-dimensional. ("Anaconda" "Three Kings") Here, he definitely extends his acting range enough to be taken seriously. And wherever the one-named "Eve" came from, she nailed her character. There's a lot more to this movie than the controversial lines from Eddie (Cedric). It was interesting to see some black characters be aware of, and concerned about, the pathologies in the black community. But I guess this is spoken of only in barbershops, or elsewhere away from whites. Overall, definitely worth a look. Grade: B+

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